The week following Florida's primary elections saw several major developments in the contest for governor, including a poll showing the race to be a statistical tie, the withdrawal of a candidate, and the designation of an African-American woman as the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor.

  • Bud Chiles withdraws. On September 1, 2010, Bud Chiles, son of the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, ended his no-party-affiliation campaign for governor and announced his support for Democratic candidate Alex Sink. In most polling, Mr. Chiles had been supported by between 10 percent and 20 percent of voters.
  • Polling. In the first major poll conducted after the withdrawal of Mr. Chiles from the race for governor, Rasmussen Reports found the contest to be a statistical tie. In a survey of 750 likely Florida voters conducted on September 1, 2010, 45 percent supported the Republican candidate, Rick Scott, 44 percent supported Ms. Sink, nine percent supported some other candidate, and two percent were undecided. When “leaners” were taken into account, 48 percent supported Ms. Sink and 47 percent supported Mr. Scott. The survey had a margin of error of four percentage points.
  • Rick Scott designates candidate for lieutenant governor. On September 2, Republican candidate Rick Scott announced that his choice for lieutenant governor was state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, who lives in Fleming Island and represents a Jacksonville-area district. Ms. Carroll retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of lieutenant commander and was the first African-American Republican woman to be elected to the Florida Legislature. She is a native of Trinidad.
  • Bill McCollum refuses to endorse Rick Scott. In his first public appearance after conceding the Republican primary for governor, Attorney General McCollum refused to endorse his party's nominee. “I still have serious questions about issues of [Mr. Scott's] character, his integrity, his honesty,” Mr. McCollum said, adding that “as other voters will do, I will judge him throughout his campaign.” After a hard-fought primary in which Mr. McCollum had the strong support of almost all Republican elected officials, Mr. Scott has now received the support of key party leaders, including Florida Republican Party Chair Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine), House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park), and Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos (R-Melbourne).